Major Crimes Task Force Operation Targets Human Trafficking On The Blade
POMONA — The east/west “Holt Corridor,” also known as “The Blade” or “The Track,” was the scene of a major operation to combat human trafficking and prostitution.
The Pomona Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force, assisted by The Los Angeles County Probation Department, teamed up on July 12th to target this hotbed of illegal activities consisting of human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, and solicitation for prostitution.
The safety and well-being of business owners and citizens are at stake 24 hours a day on the entire corridor. This major thoroughfare in Pomona is nationally known as a track/blade where individuals can negotiate sexual acts in exchange for currency. The focus of the operation places a priority on recovering juveniles, arresting prostitutes and arresting Johns.
Corporal J. Martinez of the Major Crimes Task Force announced that uniformed and undercover officers from the Major Crimes Task Force and Los Angeles County Probation Department rallied in response to numerous complaints received from residents and local business owners. The evening sweep resulted in the arrest of seven subjects on suspicion of 653.22 Penal Code – Solicit with Intent to Commit Prostitution:
Jennifer Perez (20) of Adelanto, Ernesto Rojas-Baltazar (31) of Pomona, Jessica Ashley (28) of Pomona, Angel Aguayo (34) of Baldwin Park, Veronica Ramirez (33) of Pomona, Arturo Martinez (73) of Ontario, and Sarah Miles (27) Sacramento.
The Pomona Police Department is taking a proactive approach to improving the quality of life by addressing and deterring human trafficking and prostitution activities along the Holt Ave. corridor. Anyone with information regarding human trafficking or prostitution is urged to contact the Major Crimes Task Force at (909) 620-2148. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- TIPS (8477) or text TIP POMONAPD followed by your message to 888777.